Packers Morning Buzz: Chicago, Green Bay facing rough roads to Super Bowl
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with John Breech of CBS Sports assessing the difficulty of each NFL team's road to the Super Bowl, based on a complex formula that looks at other factors besides strength of schedule.
The good news for the Packers? The Bears and Vikings, their two bitter NFC North rivals (and the first two opponents on their schedule), have the most daunting tasks. The bad news? The Packers also face a demanding road, with their schedule ranking eighth in the most-difficult formula.
Here's how Breech rates the Packers' road:
The Packers better hope that Aaron Rodgers has mastered Matt LaFleur's offense by the time Week 1 rolls around, because there's not going to be time for any sort of adjustment period early in the season. Over the first three weeks, the Packers will be facing what might end up being three of the best defenses in the NFL with the Bears, Vikings and Broncos. The Packers are also the only team in the NFL this season that will have to play a road game the week after playing a Monday night game on the road. Basically, the schedule-maker didn't do Green Bay any favors.
But things could be worse ... here's what the Bears are facing:
The NFL clearly doesn't care that the Bears are celebrating their 100th anniversary this season, because Chicago got handed the most brutal schedule in the league this year. After going 12-4 last season, the Bears are almost certainly going to have a worse record this year, mostly because that's what pretty much happens to every team following a year where they go 12-4. From 2015 to 2017, 13 teams went 12-4 or better and out of those 13 teams, 12 of them had a worse record the next season. Of course, none of this is stopping Bears fans from betting big money on their team to win the Super Bowl this year.
You can read the entire story here:
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Mason Crosby looks to be keeping his stranglehold on the Packers' kicking job:
Packers left tackle Lane Taylor finds himself in a surprising competition for a starting job:
Packers receiver J'Mon Moore was cited for his role in a Friday car crash:
Tom Silverstein and Olivia Reiner look at the crowded wide receiver position:
The Packers need a veteran backup at quarterbacks, writes Rob Reischel for Forbes Sports. After acknowledging that former Packers quarterback Brett Favre set ironman records, Reischel says fans shouldn't expect that from anyone else.
Aaron Rodgers is like most mere mortals. When something breaks or tears, Rodgers can’t go.
Now, as Rodgers nears his 36th birthday, the position of backup quarterback in Green Bay is more important than ever. And with unreliable DeShone Kizer and unproven Tim Boyle next in line, Packer Nation is imploring general manager Brian Gutekunst to find a veteran backup.
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ESPN's first Power Ranking for 2019 are out, and the Packers don't make the top 10. Rob Demovsky writes about why the pressure in on Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy:
13. Green Bay Packers
Who's on the hot seat: Mark Murphy, president and CEO
Why his seat is warm: In the past year and a half, Murphy changed general managers -- demoting Ted Thompson and hiring Brian Gutekunst -- and put himself at the top of football operations. That meant it was Murphy's call to fire Mike McCarthy in December and hire Matt LaFleur in January. If those moves don't reverse the Packers' downward trend -- they've missed the playoffs the past two seasons -- then perhaps the team's board of directors will start to question whether Murphy should be so heavily involved in the football decisions. Previous team president Bob Harlan hired the GMs but always let them have total control over the football operations.
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